Originally from the UK, I have lived in Dunedin with my husband and daughter for the last 5 years. I love nothing more than pottering around the farmers market on a Saturday morning, meeting friends for tea and cake, and Sunday baking sessions with my tiny helper. A bit more about me; my favourite food is sashimi tuna, I drink copious amounts of tea, and my favourite tipple is gin and tonic – how terribly British!

9th October 2014


I have been AWOL from Our Kitchen for some months; I was on holiday in September, but I promise this recipe makes up for my absenteeism. I want to talk about kimchi/ kimchee/gimchi (김치) – this traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables is set to trend massively in 2015 and I wanted to be a [...]

22nd August 2014

Preserved Lemons

My friend and colleague Verity works out of our Auckland office for the majority of the year, but she regularly has work trips to Dunedin. On several occasions she has kindly brought down bags of the most incredible lemons I have ever had in my life, from her Grandma’s lemon tree.

22nd July 2014

Honey and Rosemary polenta cake

This cake actually more closely resembles a flan in terms of consistency and height; a beautiful golden colour it is invitingly moreish, particularly when covered in a lemon and sour cream icing. I have made this cake a couple of times recently – normally on a Sunday afternoon baking session with my little girl – [...]

15th April 2014

Delicious homemade butter and Fresh buttermilk scones

I was immensely excited for this month’s blog post to come to fruition. When I started researching the cream I would need to use in New Zealand, Kate reminded me about Wangapeka, a brilliant dairy producer near Nelson that had couriered down clotted cream for my baby shower which she lovingly organised.

24th February 2014

Miso and tuna wontons

Over the Christmas holidays I totally over-dosed on fresh tuna. Seared and covered in black pepper, Szechwan stylee [http://ourkitchen.fisherpaykel.com/recipe/simons-szechuan-tuna-with-sesame-slaw/] and, when it is as fresh as it gets; completely raw, soaked in a miso marinade on top of a crispy little wonton.

10th February 2014

Courgette (zucchini), lemon and feta salad

I am all about raw food at the moment. I have recently decided to try and seriously reduce the amount of sugar going into my diet. Come mid-morning you are now more likely to see me snacking on raw carrots and broccoli, whilst sipping water or a green tea, which is a far cry from [...]

24th December 2013

Iced Chai Tea

With similar colour properties to cola-cola you could be forgiven for turning your nose up at the attractiveness of this drink, however what it lacks in aesthetic value it most certainly makes up for in flavour and refreshment.

10th November 2013

Mango Lassi

If someone could work out the way to bottle sunshine, and turn it into a drink, I am pretty sure it would look, taste and feel like this Mango lassi; sweet, fruity, and packed with a small punch.

4th October 2013

Roasted beetroot and feta salad

I have wanted to post this recipe for about 6 months; but knowing the sweet in savoury theme had been planned, and how well this recipe fits into the theme, I decided to hold out. I’ve made this salad several times in the office, as an accompaniment to some evening meals and it has been [...]

16th September 2013

Spinach, mushroom and paneer curry

The ultimate lazy Sunday in my house would actually mean not cooking anything. This brings me nicely to my recipe for the month… If we are planning curry for dinner (at least twice a week!), I always try and make it the night before to allow the flavours to develop. This dish is no exception. [...]

1st September 2013

Lazy Sunday’s

This month the OurKitchen team are bringing you ‘Lazy Sunday’s’. We have carefully selected those recipes, which for us, epitomise a lazy Sunday. From French toast to pickled vegetables and a whole heap of deliciousness in-between; we are looking forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks.

19th August 2013

Pumpkin, Kumara and Lime Soup

It has been pointed out to me, in a very light hearted way that my recent recipes have been based around pumpkin. It is true, I am a little bit pumpkin obsessed at the moment. I just can’t seem to walk past the piles of them in the supermarket without one ‘accidentally’ falling into my [...]

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